American Christianity: Reinventing Itself


2007 ISL ConferenceA group of us from the Charlotte, Greensboro, and Columbia Emergent cohorts will be converging on the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC, this weekend (April 20-22) for a conference entitled “American Christianity: Reinventing Itself.” The event is being organized by the Institute for Servant Leadership, and we were invited by organizer and speaker Rev. Dr. Fred Burnham to participate on two panel discussions (one Saturday night and one Sunday morning) to discuss our hopes and dreams for the Church in North America and specifically how we found our way into the emerging missional church movement.

We have an excitingly diverse group participating in the panels, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to be together and share together. I’m also really looking forward to hopefully talking with conference participants and the other conference speakers: Doug Pagitt, Phyllis Tickle, Michael Battle, Sara Miles, and Dr. Burnham.

Will “American Christianity” be “reinvented” over a weekend at a nice retreat center in the mountains of North Carolina? Probably not. But I’m sure the conversation will be rich, and the experience will provide fuel for the next leg of the journey. That’s my personal prayer, at least. I’m just honored to have been invited and to share the microphone with my fellow Emergent cohort friends and the distinguished speakers.

I promise I’ll try to blog a wrap-up with some reflections (and maybe some video clips?) next week. I’ll also try to download some things I picked up listening to Leonard Sweet last weekend up in Raleigh. Anthony Smith and I attended the first “Kingdom Nexus” event, and it was a fun time as well.



Posted on 04-19-2007

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